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The Misguided Colin Powell

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell has lost his bearings on what it means to be a Republican.

He certainly can be forgiven for supporting Obama over McCain. He can be forgiven for criticizing Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. He can be forgiven for criticizing the direction of the Republican Party.

However, he cannot be forgiven for disparaging the core of the philosophy of the Republican Party. At a recent conference, Powell stated, “Americans do want to pay taxes for services." He also continued that "Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less."

The Prophet of Positivism

Jack Kemp wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate. He was a happy warrior, which made Bob Dole’s sourpuss more pronounced during his losing effort to gain the White House.

But Kemp was a prophetic leader of the Republican Party, whose efforts to expand the party base are all the more significant today.

Yes, Kemp pushed for tax cuts, and his supply-side philosophy would later become criticized as “trickle-down” economics. But Kemp never pushed to cut taxes because he wanted to help the rich. He pushed for tax cuts to help the economy grow, which in turn would help the poor.

National Council for a New America

Right after George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton, and things looked bleak for congressional Republicans, Haley Barbour, then the new Republican National Committee chairman, put together a strategy to basically re-brand the party. He founded the National Policy Forum, which held town hall-style conversations around the country to find out what the American people wanted from their government.

The National Policy Forum was not without controversy. The Democrats sensed how this exercise would threaten their majorities and their death grip on power, and they attacked its creation with lawsuits, investigations and innuendo.

Building Ideas to Move America Forward

You hear it every day — the GOP is either dying or dead.

These are not good days for the GOP. No one with a straight face can argue the point. This means Republicans throughout the country — the entire country — need to do some soul-searching and figure out what the party is and how it comes back.

It's not enough to be against President Obama — and, frankly, if that's all the GOP has to offer, the party might as well pack up and go back to its shrinking home.

Words That Don’t Matter

Just when I think the Republican Party has turned a corner in the arena of big ideas and a bold vision for the future of this country, despondency creeps back in.

The latest case of despair/rage comes in the form of the Republican vocabulary playbook. A story last week by John Harwood of The New York Times depicts the latest pursuits by the party to position its members to strike a chord among the American electorate — what words work and what do not. Harwood goes on to quote Saul Anuzis, the former Michigan state party chairman who lost to Michael Steele in a bid to become the head of the national party.

Dems Want to Talk About Anything Other than Obama

The economy is in deep recession, with massive layoffs announced every week; we're faced with war in Afghanistan and Iraq and now must battle a swine flu that threatens to turn into a pandemic, which puts public health at risk and has already caused the European Union to issue a travel warning on visiting the United States and Mexico. And yet what are we talking about? Whether or not Dick Cheney is the leader of the Republican Party.

Do Republicans Want to Win or Just Look Good Losing?

Pat Toomey is trying to get Arlen Specter booted from the U.S. Senate, and is entertaining the fantasy that he can be his replacement. As much I have disagreed with many of the Pennsylvania senator’s votes over the past two decades that I have been in Washington, I do appreciate his ability to win in the Keystone State.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the Republican in charge of getting Republicans to take back the Senate, put it bluntly when he wrote:

New Republican Star: Meghan McCain

Keep your eye on Meghan McCain, John's daughter and one of the savviest young Republicans in the nation.

Meghan is the future of the Republican Party, a true maverick who believes in a Republicanism of Teddy Roosevelt and not the Republicanism of Bush, Cheney, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and the fringe-right that dominates Republicanism today.

Second Fiddle is Better Than No Fiddle At All

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is warning of a coming revolt should Republicans fail to collect themselves and gain the trust of voters. Gingrich has plenty of criticism for Democrats and President Obama as well but adds that the current spending binge began under President Bush. He believes GOP voters will peel off to form a third party if they don't see Republicans becoming a viable, governing force again soon.

GOP Takes Lead in Generic Ballot

The latest Rasmussen poll shows a Republican lead in the generic congressional ballot for the first time since at least April of 2007. These surveys, conducted weekly, have consistently shown a strong Democratic lead. Now the Dems have lost their lead thanks to the socialist policies of their misguided president.

To Republicans who wonder if America has a future, there is a message: We are a democracy, and in 2010, we can turn this mess around!